Comic Jim Davidson barred from Marlowe Theatre
TV comic Jim Davidson has been barred from playing at a
Kent theatre because of his controversial jokes.
Marlowe Theatre bosses confirmed they had refused to book the
59-year-old funnyman over fears his humour would tarnish the
Canterbury theatre’s name.
The comedian (pictured right) took to social media website
Twitter to rage at not being allowed to perform in the
city during his current UK tour.
Theatre director Mark Everett admits he does not like Davidson’s
material and refused to book him.
Instead, fans will have to go elsewhere to watch the star – who
has a reputation for risqué humour which has involved poking fun at
disabled people, ethnic minorities and gay people.
On Saturday, Davidson tweeted: "All you Canterbury people will
have to come to Margate to see the show as Marlow (sic) manager
'Doesn't like my materiel(sic)!' is it up to him then?"
Davidson's current tour will see him perform at several other
theatres in Kent.
The Marlowe Theatre,
where Davidson's been barred
Pressed on why he wasn't playing Canterbury, Davidson added:
"What can I say? It's up to the theatre manager. Ask him. I love
Canterbury. Shame. Still it's his theatre, isn't it?"
Mr Everett (pictured right), who has been at the Marlowe for 18
years, said: "Jim Davidson believes that I don't like his material,
which is true.
"I have an incredibly mixed programme and I am not shy about
upsetting people, but there is a step too far.
"Jim hasn't done himself any favours. He is a great comic but
his material is offensive to so many people.
"He generates such strong feeling, particularly among women and
"I respect him but for some it would tarnish the Marlowe's name.
I have no doubt that if we booked him he would sell out. But we are
not just in the business of selling out performances. It is nothing
personal to him."
Asked if he would allow controversial comedian Frankie Boyle –
who sparked outrage when he said he wished the Queen had died
before the Jubilee weekend – to perform at the Marlowe, Mr Everett
said: "I would have to think about it."
Today, Davidson urged fans to move on from the "political row"
and attend his show at The Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone next month
He tweeted: "Forget the Marlow (sic) thing now. Its (sic)
political. Left wing stuff is ok I'm not. The man has every right I
guess. lets (sic) move on. Come to Maidstone."
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